Donald Cameron (Scottish politician)

Donald Andrew John Cameron MSP (born 26 November 1976) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Highlands and Islands region since 2016. He served as the Scottish Conservative's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport from 2016 to 2017 and from 2020 to 2021.

Donald Cameron

Official portrait, 2016
Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Health and Sport
In office
11 August 2020  20 May 2021
LeaderDouglas Ross
Preceded byMiles Briggs
Succeeded byAnnie Wells
Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Finance
In office
18 February 2020  11 August 2020
LeaderJackson Carlaw
Preceded byMurdo Fraser
Succeeded byMurdo Fraser
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Personal details
Donald Andrew John Cameron

(1976-11-26) 26 November 1976 (age 44)
Achnacarry, Lochaber, Scotland
Political partyScottish Conservatives
Alma materOriel College, Oxford
City Law School
WebsiteOfficial website


Donald Cameron is the son of Donald Cameron, the 27th Lochiel, chief of the Clan Cameron.

Cameron was educated at Harrow School and graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern history from Oriel College, Oxford and a Diploma in Law from City University London.[1][2] He worked as an advocate for 10 years before his election and acted for a range of clients in public, agricultural and crofting law.[3][4]

Cameron stood as the Scottish Conservative candidate in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency, coming fourth in the 2010 general election;[3] he came third contesting Orkney and Shetland in 2015.

In 2016, Cameron stood as a candidate at Argyll and Bute for the Scottish Parliament and finished third, but was subsequently elected as the Conservatives' third placed candidate on the Highlands and Islands regional list.[5] He was appointed by the party as their 'Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport'.[6][7]

In 2018, Cameron was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and was also appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist 2021 Policy Co-ordinator in 2017.[8]

In February 2020, Cameron was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance by the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Jackson Carlaw. [9]

In August 2020, Cameron was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport by the new Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross.[10]

Cameron helped re-establish the Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities and acts as one of three co-convenors of the group. He is the vice-convenor of the CPG on Gàidhlig. He also sits on various other cross-party groups including those on Chronic Pain, Cooperatives, Crofting, Dyslexia, Life Sciences and MS.



  1. ‘CAMERON, Donald Andrew John’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  2. Cameron, Donald. "Donald Cameron" (PDF). Murray Stable. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. "D. Cameron is Conservatives' man for Argyll and Bute (but not that one)". The Buteman. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. "Conservative candidate named". The Shetland Times. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. "Election 2016: Highlands and Islands Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  6. "Donald Cameron / Political Activities". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  7. "Ruth Davidson brings new Tory MSPs into Shadow Cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  8. "Shadow cabinet reshuffle to 'put Sturgeon on notice'". Scottish Conservative Party. 28 June 2017.
  9. "Donald Cameron is Shadow Finance Secretary". Hebrides News. We Love Stornoway. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  10. "Ruth Davidson in frontline comeback to lead tory group holyrood". Retrieved 27 February 2020.